In due time, the heightened fuel economy offered by the all-new 2013 Ford Escape will likely earn it a place on this list – but, since roughly 60% of Ford’s year-to-date Escape totals are of the outgoing (and much thirstier) 2012 model, it’s far too soon to infer that most Escapes meet or surpass the 30-mpg mark.
As such, the CR-V is one of the few small crossovers that does, and it’s the only one that sells in such great volumes to earn it a place on our list. The all-new 2012 model, which hit dealers in late 2011, mates a 2.4-liter I-4 with a five-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel-drive models are EPA rated at 23 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway. All-wheel-drive models also squeak by with a 22/30 mpg rating.